First ever Egyptian chosen for space trip

Egyptian Omar Samra is one of 23 winners of a global contest by Axe Apollo Space Academy

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Omar Samra is set to become the first Egyptian to travel to space after he was recently selected to be one of 23 lucky winners of a global contest run by Axe Apollo Space Academy.

Samra, who became the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest in 2007, will set a new record by becoming the first Egyptian to fly to space.

“After months of hard work and perseverance I've earned the privilege to represent Egypt in outer space 100km over earth,” Samra said on his official Twitter account.

The 35-year-old will return to his homeland on Tuesday, according to the al-Masry al-Youm private Egyptian newspaper.

More than 100 participants from over 60 countries around the world have taken part in the year-long contest, which ended on Friday in Orlando, Florida.

The trip with Space Expedition Corporation is under a project by the makers of Axe Apollo body spray.

Participants spent a week of training and had to undergo a number of physical and psychological tests to prove they are worthy of winning the coveted tickets, reported, a website that provides news stories about space, astronomy and NASA.

A ticket for a trip of this sort usually costs $95,000, according to the website.

The winners are expected to begin their journey in 2014 or 2015.

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